Clean Ocean Action

Student Summit Educator:

Volunteer Job Description

Job Title:

  • Field Trip Leader for Clean Ocean Action’s Student Summit



  • Lead a group of 20-30 middle school students on a hands-on educational field trip and activity during the Student Summit.  Introduce students to ecological concepts and the connections between people and their environment.

Major Responsibilities: 

  • Lead a group of students on two 1½ hour field trips during the Student Summit
  • Instruct students in a topic agreed on by COA and the volunteer (topic of field trip may be tailored to the volunteer’s area of expertise or skills)
  • Foster the learning process by engaging students in the field trip activity

Time Commitments: 

  • 4 hours during the Student Summit (9:00am-1:00pm). 
  • 1-2 hours of preparation time for the field trip activity. 
  • 1-2 hours to meet with COA's Education Coordinator prior to the day of the Summit for review 


  • Knowledge of field trip topic and related environmental issues
  • Physical ability to lead students through the outdoor coastal environment
  • Communication skills and ability to relay concepts to middle-school aged children
  • Enthusiasm for the environment

Training & Preparations:

  • Previous teaching experience is preferred but not required.  Schedules, instructions, some equipment and materials and other necessary assistance will be provided by Clean Ocean Action. 

Date & Location: 

  • Sandy Hook Student Summit: Gateway National Recreation Area – Sandy Hook (Parking Lot E)
    • annually, mid-May 
  • Staten Island Student Summit: Gateway National Recreation Area - Great Kills Park
    • annually, mid-April (TBD)
  • Cape May Student Summit: Nature Center of Cape May
    • annually, first Thursday of October 
  • Island Beach State Park Student Summit: Ocean Bathing Area #1
    • annually, second Thursday of October

Benefits to the Volunteer:

  • Participate in the learning process of tomorrow’s leaders
  • Make a difference in your community
  • Meet people who share goal to improve and protect the environment
  • Lunch on us!

49 Avenel Blvd.
Long Branch, NJ 07740

Field Office:

Gateway National Recreation Area
Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Voice: (732) 872-0111
FAX: (732) 872-8041

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